Honoring Veterans' Day with Planted Trees
Canopy will be planting 12 trees at the VA on November 11, 2010

Next week, Canopy will be planting 12 trees at the VA  Health Care System division in Menlo Park. Veterans will join Canopy volunteers in a planting to celebrate Veterans Day, November 11, 2010. Sorry, no additional volunteer support is needed.  


Planting trees is a way to remember the past, build hope for the future, and improve the overall environment for recovering Veterans. Studies have shown that patients with views and access to trees heal faster and with fewer complications. These studies demonstrate the beneficial role of trees in providing a positive environment for healing, but also because greenery and trees improves mental health.


This planting is possible thanks to the California Department of Forestry "Green Trees for the Golden State" grant program.

New Film: "The Tree and The Train"
El Palo Alto and the South Bay Railroad
  "The Tree and the Train: El Palo Alto and the South Bay Railroad," is a film by Doug Ray of the Stanford Graduate Program in Journalism.  The film addresses resident concerns that the High Speed Rail (HSR) project will negatively change their way of life.

El Palo Alto, the symbol of Palo Alto and Stanford University, has lived on the banks of San Francisquito Creek for over a millenium, and might be threatened by the HSR.
Canopy Thanks Woodside Priory School
80 Sophomores Serve at Rinconada Park
Canopy hosted eighty high-school students from Woodside Priory School for a combined tree-education and tree-care project at Rinconada Park. 

Students joined arborist Kevin Raftery for a tour of the trees at Rinconada, then were entertained by Urban Cummings with his collection of wood cuts, and then worked under Carole Langston and Susan Rosenberg's leadership in expanding and improving 20 water-basins for young trees! 

Thanks Woodside Priory for coming out to help our parks and our trees!
Autumn Foliage in Your Neighborhood
Go to, or request a Tree Walk brochure today
The cool, crisp mornings and recent rains have cued the last stage before some of our trees go dormant until spring. Neighborhood trees are just beginning their show of autumn colors, giving all of us a reason to get outside, rake leaves, and enjoy the fresh air. 

The old urban forests of the Mid-Peninsula bring a luminous showing of color to neighborhoods every fall.  And one of the best ways to experience this foliage is to go on one of 14 Tree Walks in Palo Alto: 
  • Join us every second Saturday for an arborist-led Tree Walk (see side-panel for more information). 
  • Go on a self-guided walk; select from the Tree Walk map.
  • Request a copy of our beautiful Tree Walk brochures. 

Canopy's Tree Walks are available in fourteen neighborhoods:

In This Issue
Honoring Veterans
Tree and Train Film
Woodside Priory Project
Autumn Foliage
Next Tree Walk: Nov. 13
Meet Leading Arborist Herb Fong on a free guided tree tour of Barron Park. Enjoy the fall colors in this unique neighborhood of Palo Alto, and after the walk, skip up the path to visit the Bol Park Miniature Donkeys!

Date: Saturday, November 13
Time: 10 AM to Noon
Location: Cornelis Bol Park near the intersection of Laguna Avenue and Laguna Court  (Map) Click to sign-up.

Visit the Barron Park Tree Walk  or call 650-964-6110 x2.
Also, save the date for the last Tree Walk in 2010:  December 11th in the South of Forest neighborhood.

Sudden Oak Death
Attend this local eduction event
The Conservation Committee of Portola Valley is sponsoring a public forum on Sudden Oak Death:

Date: Monday, November 8
Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Portola Valley Town Center [Map]

No registration is necessary; simply attend if you are able. To learn more, we have created a web page about Sudden Oak Death, and are available to answer questions through our Tree Hotline: 650-964-6110 x2.  
Garden Club Event
"Holiday Affaire" December 4th
Our friends at the Garden Club of Palo Alto are organizing a "Holiday Affaire" after Thanksgiving Break.

Date: Saturday, December 4
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Gamble Garden
1431 Waverley Street, Palo Alto

Come out and see their boutique of holiday crafts, candies, and decorations. The event is, "a whimsical, winter marketplace full of goodies to tickle the spirit and tummy!"

Visit: or call
Gamble Garden at 650-329-1356
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Trees are the lungs of our cities.  Caring for urban forests and teaching about their value lie at the heart of Canopy's programs. Canopy is a nonprofit that plants and protect trees to improve communities in Palo Alto and East Palo Alto.
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